This week I’m volunteering as a mentor at the annual quilt camp sponsored by the Southeast Quilt & Textile Museum. An entirely new experience for me – being a worker bee in a kid’s class instead of the one in charge. This also marks the first time since I retired that I actually have to be somewhere at a specific time 5 days in a row!
I look forward to meeting my middle school mentee. She’s a returning camper, so it’ll be interesting to see how much sewing she’s actually done since last summer. The biggest thing I miss about working in a school is the relationships I develop with the kids. I feel very fortunate to have volunteer opportunities where I can continue to work with children and young adults in a fun setting.
Update: So, mentees were reassigned yesterday. My new stitchy friend is a 4th grader who is a first time camper. Apparently, the person who was supposed to be her mentor had a first year camper in the a.m. session and did not want another first year camper in the p.m. session. Totally understand – newbies require a lot more hands on. We had fun getting to know the ins and outs of the sewing machine, made a tissue holder and started on our quilt blocks. By Friday, my little friend will have a completely finished quilted wall hanging!